Channel: Faith IQ
Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair answers.
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If someone doesn't understand Arabic at all, should they recite the Quran? Or should they simply read the translation?
Remember that the Quran is the book of Allah. It is the speech of Allah and Allah subhanaw taala describes it as a Mubarak book mobarak meaning it is a source of endless benefit. So it's mere recitation even without understanding can also bring reward to a person. In a Hadees we learned that a person is rewarded for every letter of the Quran that they recite for reciting Elif for reciting lamb and for reciting meme, meaning every single letter of the Quran brings reward to the reciter the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent to convey the Quran to people, Allah subhana wa tada mentions the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Quran, that yet no, are they him it he
that he recites to them his verses, and in the same ayah Allah says where you are Lima who will kita and he also teaches them the book. So we see that the recitation of the Quran is a separate a distinct virtue on its own. It is distinct from understanding or learning the meaning of the Quran. This doesn't mean that only one is important. No, both are important. The Quran has several rights and on the rights of the Quran is that it should be recited also. Yes, it should be understood, but it should also be recited. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that no group of people gathered in one of the houses of Allah reciting the book of Allah and studying it amongst
themselves, except that Sakina tranquility and the mercy from Allah subhanho wa Taala envelops them. And Allah subhanaw taala mentions those people in a gathering that is better than theirs. So we see again in this Hadees that the recitation of the Quran and the studying of the Quran has been mentioned separately. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam explained that the believer who recites the Quran, and also acts upon it is like a citrus fruit that smells beautiful, and it also tastes beautiful. But the believer who only recite the Quran, and he doesn't understand it does not really act upon it, then he is like a date fruit, meaning it at least tastes sweet even though it is
not fragrant. So we see that there is a benefit in reciting the Quran, even if a person does not understand it. And remember that the recitation of the Quran is the first step towards understanding it. You can only comprehend what the Quran says once you know how to read it, once you recognize its words, so do not underestimate the reward and the importance of reciting the Quran. In a Hadees, we learned that when a person is laid in his grave, then the punishment approaches him from the side of his head. And the recitation of the Quran intervenes and says that you cannot go past me. So we see that the recitation of the Quran will actually be a means of protection for a person in their grave.
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